Existing Funds

Explore ways to increase your impact in Carbon County through the funds listed below.

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Fund for Carbon County

Painting by Milan Melicharek; A view looking north from the Lehigh GapAn Unrestricted Fund advised by the CCCF Board of Directors to meet the on-going needs of the community and subsidize operations of the Foundation as needed. The fund was created through the generosity of our Founders Board members (who all agreed to pledge $25,000 each), and through grant and matching funds. Learn more about the Fund for Carbon County…

20/20 Circle Fund

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An endowed fund created by members of a giving circle – the 20/20 Circle. Members have pledged at least a 1-time donation of $1000 and meet annually to hear from the most promising charitable organizations or projects serving the Carbon County region and vote to award a meaningful grant.

Learn more about the 20/20 Circle…

Donor-Advised Funds

Established by people who wish to have a continuing role in the grant process and recommend, year-to-year, where they want their contributions to go. Visit our Donor-Advised Fund page to learn more…

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Joseph & Debra Kay Bennett Charitable Fund

Established by Joe & Debra Kay Bennett, Lehigh Valley residents and Founders of the Carbon County Community Foundation, to support their family’s charitable interests.

 

 

Christman Team Cares Fund

Established by Jim & Tiffani Christman, owners of The Jim Christman Team at Keller Williams, and Founders of the Carbon County Community Foundation.  Residents of Palmerton, Jim and Tiffani will support their family’s and company’s charitable interests within the community through their fund.  Learn more about the Christman Team Cares Fund…

 

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Dowd-Berger Family Fund

Established in 2018 by John and Tina Dowd, Lehighton residents and Founders of the Carbon County Community Foundation, to support their family’s charitable interests.

 

 

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Nothstein Hometown Proud Support Fund

Formerly a private foundation, Richard and Darlene Nothstein created the Hometown Proud Support Fund, a Donor-Advised Fund at CCCF, to support their charitable interests throughout the community.

 

 

Ohl Family Fund

Established by Steve and Kim Ohl, Lehighton residents and Founders of the Carbon County Community Foundation, to support their family’s charitable interests.

 

 

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Vermillion Charitable Fund – New in 2021!

Established by Dr. Lou and Maxine Vermillion, Summit Hill residents and Founders of the Carbon County Community Foundation, to support their family’s charitable interests.

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest funds empower you to identify an area of charitable interest — as broad or narrow as you choose — and the CCCF partners with you to evaluate and make grants to qualified organizations that do the best work in that area.


Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected Fund

Established to promote the Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected or B.A.R.C. and their mission to empower Bowmanstown residents by increasing community awareness and communication. The B.A.R.C. raises funds, recruits other volunteers, and organizes community fund-raising events to support improvement projects and programs in Bowmanstown. Learn more about the B.A.R.C…

 

 

Carbon County Catholic Worker Fund

Established with an initial gift and support from the founder of the Carbon County Catholic Worker community, Ericka Williams-Rodriguez, the Fund provides charitable services for those in need, including food pantry services, educational services, spiritual counseling, and hosts cultural events.Learn more about the CC Catholic Worker Fund…

 

 

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Carbon County Creative Arts Fund

Established with an initial gift and support from Palmerton native, Kathy Fallow, to raise funds to support the arts and all manner of artistic pursuits for the benefit of the Carbon County region. The vision is to build a community in which people of all ages and backgrounds experience the arts. Learn more about the CCC Arts Fund…

 

Carbon County Emergency Operations & Training Center Fund

Established to support the operations and activities of the new Carbon County Emergency Operations & Training Center in Nesquehoning, PA, which will provide training opportunities and support for Fire, Police Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management members from Carbon County and surrounding areas.  Learn more about the Emergency Operations & Training Center Fund…

 

Computer Career Accelerator Fund for Carbon County

Established to support students from Carbon County and surrounding areas through grants to organizations offering robust programs that provide career awareness and skills development in the computer/IT fields.  Learn more about the Computer Career Accelerator Fund…

 

 

Imagination Library Fund

Established with support from St Luke’s Health Center and the Carbon County Community Foundation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. Learn more about the Imagination Library Fund…

 

 

Kidder Hike & Bike Trail Fund

Established with an initial gift and support from the Kidder Hike & Bike Trail Group, to raise funds for residents and visitors to the Pocono mountains to safely enjoy hiking and biking around the lakes and forests in Kidder Township. Learn more about the Kidder Hike & Bike Trail Fund…

 

 

Kids for the Community Fund

Kids for the Community started in 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as a small volunteering group of kids from the local area. Since then, the volunteers have completed several projects and events to help other organizations in the Palmerton community. Learn more about the Kids for the Community Fund…

 

 

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Lehigh River Watershed Fund

Established with gifts from Dennis DeMara and the four rafting outfitters operating in the Lehigh River Gorge (Jim Thorpe River Adventures, Pocono Whitewater, Whitewater Challengers, and Whitewater Rafting Adventures) to support projects related to conservation, education, and outdoor recreation. Learn more about the Lehigh River Watershed Fund…

 

 


Penny Allison Early Childhood Fund

Established by the loved ones of Penny Allison to honor her legacy, this fund supports preschool and kindergarten in Carbon County with focus on programs that prepare parents to nurture their children through the earliest stages of learning, promote school-readiness, and provide enrichment experiences for young learners. Learn more about the Penny Allison Early Childhood Fund …

 

 

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Scouting Support Fund

Established by local community members who care about scouting, the Scouting Support Fund is intended to support all manner of scouting activities particularly in the Carbon County region and in lower Luzerne and northern Schuylkill Counties, especially the Greater Hazleton area. Learn more about the Scouting Support Fund …

 

 

St. Luke’s Carbon Older Adult Compassionate Care Fund

Established by St. Luke’s Lehighton and Carbon campuses, the Carbon Older Adult Compassionate Care Fund provides grants to organizations in Carbon County that serve older adults in the community. Learn more about the St. Luke’s Carbon Older Adult Compassionate Care Fund …

 

 

Summit Hill Hootenanny Fund

Established to support the annual Summit Hill Hootenanny, a free festival, held in Ludlow Park, Summit Hill, featuring live music, local vendors, and other fun activities for the community.  Learn more about the Summit Hill Hootenanny Fund …

 

 

Vahnne’s Piggybank Fund

Established by family and loved ones to honor the life of Vahnne Gower, who passed away in a house fire in 2017. The purpose of the fund is to bring joy and relief to children who have experienced the loss of a home or personal property in emergency events such as a house fire. Learn more about Vahnne’s Piggy Bank Fund…

Organizational Funds

A fund established by a nonprofit organization to create a permanent income stream for that organization.

Palmerton Area School District Fund

Established to enhance existing programs and launch new initiatives at the Palmerton Area School District including access to various learning opportunities such as field trips, summer programs, or after-school clubs and activities. Learn more about the Palmerton Area School District Fund…

 

Panther Valley Education Fund

Established to support the Panther Valley School District and its existing programs and to help launch new initiatives for students.  Learn more about the Panther Valley Education Fund…

 

 

 

Weatherly Area School District Fund

An Organizational Fund intended to support enhancements to the activities, programs, and facilities of and provide new opportunities for the Weatherly Area School District. Learn more about the Weatherly Area School District Fund…

Scholarship Funds

Established to support the education goals for qualifying students. These funds are administered by an independent committee.

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Anastasia Susko Memorial Scholarship Fund

A one-year, non-renewable $1500 scholarship awarded annually to any qualified graduating female high school senior (or home-schooled student who has a state-recognized graduation certificate/diploma) residing in Jim Thorpe, PA, who is seeking to further her education at the collegiate level. Learn more about the Ana Susko Memorial Scholarship…

 

 

Eugene “Peck” Armbruster Memorial Scholarship Fund – New in 2022!

Established by the Fraternal Order of Orioles, Lehighton Nest #183 to provide financial assistance for higher education to students (male or female) from Carbon County who are pursuing a trade career. Learn more about the Eugene “Peck” Memorial Scholarship …

 

 

Glenn Eisenhower Memorial Scholarship Fund – New in 2022!

Established by the Fraternal Order of Orioles, Lehighton Nest #183 to provide financial assistance for higher education to students (male or female) from Carbon County who are pursuing a trade career. Learn more about the Glenn Eisenhower Memorial Scholarship …

 

Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Scholarship Fund – New in 2022!

Established in memory of Hunter Kurak Wolfe to provide financial assistance for higher education to students (male or female) graduating from Jim Thorpe Area School District who exhibits great leadership and involvement throughout the community.  Learn more about the Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Scholarship…

 

 

Mary Meier Catholic Education Fund – New in 2021!

Established in memory of Mary Meier by her son, John, to provide a one-year, renewable scholarship awarded annually to qualified Kindergarten through Grade 12 students enrolled in a Catholic Education institution in Carbon County or surrounding areas. Learn more about the Mary Meier Catholic Education Fund…

 

Orioles Scouting Scholarship Fund

Established by the Fraternal Order of Orioles, Lehighton Nest #183 to provide financial assistance for higher education to current participants (male or female) in the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA in Carbon County. Learn more about the Orioles Scouting Scholarship …

 

Tyler Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by family and loved ones to honor the life of Tyler Kowatch, who passed away in 2018. The scholarship has been established for graduating seniors in the Jim Thorpe Area School District planning to pursue higher education at a community college or a technical school. Learn more about the Tyler Strong Scholarship …

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